Police ID man whose vehicle closed Mall
An Arizona man is scheduled to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court Thursday afternoon after authorities say they found firearms inside his parked vehicle on the Mall.
Sgt. David Schlosser, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, identified the suspect as James M. Patock, 66, of Marana, Arizona.
The vehicle was parked Wednesday on the Mall, near the Air and Space Museum.
Suspicious vehicle closes roads near Mall
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.:
A man from Arizona was taken into custody late Wednesday after a parked vehicle with firearms inside prompted authorities to shut down part of the Mall during the afternoon.
The vehicle was parked on the Mall, near the Air and Space Museum. A U.S. Park Police officer spotted something suspicious inside about 3:15 p.m., according to a Park Police spokesman.
The Mall was cordoned off between 4th and 7th Streets while authorities searched the vehicle.Sgt. David Schlosser of the Park Police said a handgun and several rifles were found.
A bomb disposal unit was sent to the scene, but no explosives were found.
The suspicious vehicle is said to be a camper parked on Jefferson Drive in front of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, according to reporter Fredrick Kunkle.
Sgt. David Schlosser with the U.S. Park Police said the agency's explosive ordnance team is on the scene investigating.
Streets near the Mall are closed because of a suspicious vehicle in the area, according to U.S. Park Police.
Streets between 4th and 7th Street are closed while authorities check out the vehicle.
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